Share on Google Plus 1 Share on Twitter 1 Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 2 (4 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   7 comments
OpEdNews Op Eds

Hypocrites Shine on Paris Catwalk

By       Message Pepe Escobar     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 8   Well Said 8   Valuable 8  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H2 1/14/15

Author 73066
Become a Fan
  (168 fans)
- Advertisement -

Reprinted from Sputnik

The Paris unity march attended by over 40 world leaders has revealed the Western "double standard" approach concerning the freedom of speech and the battle against terrorism.

From youtube.com/watch?v=LlfAqT3e6lw: French President Francois Hollande led world leaders and French citizens for a massive rally for unity and freedom of expression in Paris
French President Francois Hollande led world leaders and French citizens for a massive rally for unity and freedom of expression in Paris
(image by YouTube)
  DMCA

What an unrivalled parade of political hypocrisy. The sight of General Hollande, Conqueror of Mali; David of Arabia Cameron; Angela "Let Eastern Ukrainians die" Merkel; Ahmed "Assad must go" Davutoglu; even King Sarko the First, Liberator of Libya; not to mention Bibi "Final Solution" Netanyahu -- all marching for "freedom," "free speech" and "civilization" against barbarism in the streets of Paris would make every stalwart of Western intellectual tradition, from Diogenes to Voltaire and from Nietzsche to Karl Kraus, cringe in disgust.

Seen from Asia, this political hijacking seemed even more grotesque. And no wonder a mixage went viral across Southwest Asia -- home of Arab social networks; the "march for unity" in Paris coupled with Hitler and the nazis strutting their stuff with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Here's the whole "freedom of expression" debate in a nutshell. Would that ever be allowed in the front page of a Western newspaper, satirical or otherwise?

One of the greatest tricks the ruling elites of Western civilization managed to pull off has been the myth of "free speech" -- on a par with the myth of a "free" market. "Free," yes, but to the extent the Masters of the Universe allow it. Any speech that blasts Atlanticist rackets -- geopolitical or economic; exposes double or triple standards; and details really serious stuff -- from financial crimes to war crimes and, crucially, Western-sponsored terrorism -- is ruthlessly silenced.

- Advertisement -

So to vilify Islam as a whole, as well as 1.6 billion Muslims en masse, is acceptable, or at least tolerated. But to denounce Zionism is "anti-semitism". "Freedom of the press"? Iran's Press TV is banned all across Atlanticist domains. RT is routinely derided as the mouthpiece of an "evil" dictatorship. Will these "leaders" parade in Donbas or Damascus defending "freedom of speech"? Forget it.

"Our" NATO-living bastards

Arguably the icing on the lethal cake was the "support" to France offered by the House of Saud, which has just conducted the first round (50 out of 1,000 lashes) of public flogging of jailed blogger Raif Badawi. His crime: running a liberal website in favor of that oh so precious "freedom of speech," but in Saudi Arabia.

Oh -- the enlightened hordes cry in unison -- but they are a "conservative kingdom"! They are certainly one of the West's key strategic allies -- as much for all that oil as for being a fabulous market for our weaponizing tools. They are "our" bastards. So yes, they can get away with anything.

The difference is that now the Masters of the Universe cannot so easily fool the overwhelming majority of the Global South, which understands there is hardly any substantial difference between the House of Saud, the myriad declinations of al-Qaeda, and IS/ISIL/Daesh -- the fake Caliphate now in possession of "Syraq."

- Advertisement -

The root of all jihadi hell, fundamentally, is medieval Wahhabism -- and its primitive, intolerant interpretation of Islam. Yet this phenomenon cannot even begin to be discussed by Western corporate media. No "freedom of speech" there. The House of Saud and assorted Persian Gulf plutocrats are "our" bastards. They are even helping the Empire of Chaos-led coalition to fight Daesh!

From youtube.com/watch?v=ZYNAr9Te8yc: Huge crowd Gathers for Unity March In Paris
Huge crowd Gathers for Unity March In Paris
(image by YouTube)
  DMCA

Even French intellectuals who used to make some sense of jihadism, like Olivier Roy, are asking themselves about the "link between Islam and violence." Wrong question; it's not about Islam but about Saudi-exported religious ideology/proselytism.

Internally, French society is not "threatened" by a Muslim presence -- although it is indeed threatened by exacerbated Islamophobia. The key problem is that France does not know how to integrate its Muslim population, something that allows what sociologist Farhad Khosrokhavar describes as "terroristes maison." These made in France terrorists start as petty thieves, are de-Islamicized and then re-Islamicized by neighborhood imams and most of all by the devastation wreaked by the Empire of Chaos and NATO over the lands of Islam.

NATO, which includes France, has been doing everything from bombing civilians (Libya) to financing/weaponizing/"supporting" the so-called "moderate rebels" in Syria. And it doesn't get much better in the freedom of speech front. According to the Brussells tribunal, at least 404 journalists have been killed since the 2003 US invasion/occupation of Iraq; 374 of them were Iraqis. They were not exactly mourned by the freedom-loving Atlanticist gang. Neither were over 1,000,000 Iraqi civilians decimated by the Empire of Chaos in over three decades of imperial rage. Not to mention the 200,000 Syrians victims of the "Assad must go" war.

Where's our Patriot Act?

Next Page  1  |  2

 

- Advertisement -

Must Read 8   Well Said 8   Valuable 8  
View Ratings | Rate It

Pepe Escobar is an independent geopolitical analyst. He writes for RT, Sputnik and TomDispatch, and is a frequent contributor to websites and radio and TV shows ranging from the US to East Asia. He is the former roving correspondent for Asia (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon



Go To Commenting
/* The Petition Site */
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Why Putin is driving Washington nuts

You Want War? Russia is Ready for War

Why Qatar wants to invade Syria

All aboard the New Silk Road(s)

It was Putin's missile?

Where is Prince Bandar?